Charly Evon Simpson

Charly Evon Simpson

Charly Evon Simpson is a playwright and performer. Her plays include Hottentotted (2017 The Tank; 2016 ANT Fest at Ars Nova), Jump (to be developed at the MFA Playwrights’ Workshop at the Kennedy Center in July 2017), While We Wait, who we let in, or what she will, Scratching the Surface, and more. The recipient of commissions from the Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Science & Technology...
Charly Evon Simpson is a playwright and performer. Her plays include Hottentotted (2017 The Tank; 2016 ANT Fest at Ars Nova), Jump (to be developed at the MFA Playwrights’ Workshop at the Kennedy Center in July 2017), While We Wait, who we let in, or what she will, Scratching the Surface, and more. The recipient of commissions from the Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Science & Technology Project and The Flea, Charly is currently a member of Pipeline Theatre Company's PlayLab. She is a 2017 member of The Working Farm at SPACE on Ryder Farm and is a former member of Youngblood at Ensemble Studio Theatre, Fresh Ground Pepper’s 2015 PlayGround PlayGroup, and The Tank’s 2015-2016 TV Writing Group. In 2013-2014, she was a Philadelphia Dramatists Center Playwright-in-Residence at Plays & Players Theatre. Charly graduated from Brown University and holds a master’s in Women’s Studies from University of Oxford, New College and a MFA in Playwriting from Hunter College.

Plays

  • Scratching the Surface
    Scratching the Surface is a play about one woman’s nightmare, one couple’s dream, and the nice woman next door to likes to stop by with pies.
  • Hottentotted
    Hottentotted is a play created for and by black women. It is about acknowledging the history our bodies hold, the history held in bodies that look like ours, the history we try to avoid. Inspired by interviews and workshops held over the past few years, Hottentotted is about diverse black women sitting in a room together, learning about the Hottentot Venus and sharing painful, funny, infuriating, hopeful...
    Hottentotted is a play created for and by black women. It is about acknowledging the history our bodies hold, the history held in bodies that look like ours, the history we try to avoid. Inspired by interviews and workshops held over the past few years, Hottentotted is about diverse black women sitting in a room together, learning about the Hottentot Venus and sharing painful, funny, infuriating, hopeful stories because we think the others just might understand. It is a glimpse into the lives of some black women in the United States today, an opportunity to discuss what is usually kept quiet.
  • Jump
    Jump is about flickering lights, vapes that fall from the sky, and a young woman who finds solace on a bridge.
  • While We Wait
    Letters and airplane tickets fall from the sky. Memories, like snowflakes, float in on a breeze. Grace waits for an email to come. James waits to send it. And as they wait, they replay memories, imagine futures, and deal with an uncomfortable present.
  • or what she will
    Twins Willa and Faulkner share everything, including their parents’ love of literature. At age 13, they are old souls yet still secretly believe in fantastical worlds…a storm rolls in…waves crash…FLASH…an empty playground…a man walks by…FLASH… Sometimes a moment changes everything.